Modern eclectic table setting ideas with a vintage touch are perfect for Thanksgiving or autumn entertaining. You’ll love these diy touches.
Today I’m sharing fall table setting ideas that can be used for ANY occasion, including Thanksgiving dinner. Some key items that make this great for Thanksgiving are the small printed banners placed on the table and the “Lucky Wishbones” at each place setting, but you could also create banners that say “Happy Anniversary/Birthday”or “Congratulations” instead.
The brown and aqua color palette is the perfect base for vintage details, and seasonal flowers. Check out all the design details and read my tips and favorite recipe suggestions at the bottom. Make sure you take a look at this entire Autumn Entertaining Series for more ideas and recipes.
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Fall Table Setting Ideas
- The same paper embellishments used in the wine & cheese bar are carried over to the tabletop. It’s easy to add details here and there which add lots of style to the table. For the overall look I chose an eclectic mix of books, vases, buttons, keys, and home accents that were already in my home – Easy AND Free! Add $15 worth of flowers and the centerpiece is complete.
- Each place setting is set with my everyday dishes and chargers, but dressed for the occasion with these fantastic Lucky Wishbones. This way everyone gets to make a wish and pull it apart with another guest. These also hold our “name cards” which are crossword puzzles with names written in. A fun way to tie into the rest of the newspaper elements.
- The utensils are rolled up in napkins and wrapped with a strip of card stock that’s been stamped with a $1 stamp from the craft store. Mini pies are wrapped with news paper, punched scrapbook paper, and bakers twine, and placed at each place – a nice reminder to save room for dessert!
- Another easy idea to incorporate into the table are the paper wrapped vases. This is a good idea when you have a vase that doesn’t “go” with the rest of the decor. I simply rolled the vase up in a piece of old newspaper print and cut off the bottom so it could stand flat. Tying the paper with coordinating yarn adds a pop of color and holds the paper in place.
- Finally, I added two cut glass carafes at each end of the table, filled with water. This is one of those ideas we saw a lot of when we were in France years ago. They always served water on the table in a beautiful carafe as opposed to a standard pitcher. I think it adds a retro touch, but also a bit of glamour.
Tips to keep in mind:
- Design an eclectic centerpiece using items you already own. Pull together vases, books, decorative odds and ends, etc. Create small groupings of items so it’s almost like you have several mini-centerpieces down the table.
- Carry out small touches from one area of the party to another using inexpensive items like scrapbook paper, news paper, old book pages, music paper, etc. Use craft punches, rub-on transfers, stamps, and stickers to make your own unique tags and banners.
- Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all about pumpkins and gourds. A few special touches can announce the occasion just the same. Choose things like printed banners & quotes, Lucky Wishbones, or cards to write down what you are thankful for.
- Wrap mismatched vases with decorative paper to unify a look.
- Instead of serving one big pie that everyone loves, make individual pies for each place setting.
Now that you have our table setting ideas, what is on your menu for Thanksgiving? Here are some of my favorite recipes to serve year after year:
- Broccoli Casserole – even veggie haters will love it!
- Streusal & Marshmallow Topped Sweet Potato Casserole – a Southern staple at holidays
- Creamy Mac n Cheese – make it ahead and pop in the oven when needed. So Good!
- Pecan Pie Trifle – this starts with a prepared pecan pie but you could make your own if you like. Either way it’s a delicious twist on the classic dessert.
- Pumpkin Cake – when everyone else brings pie, you bring this cake. Its’ heaven on a plate.
- Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake – mother in law made this one year and it was divine.